A truly magnificent property in Châteauneuf situated on Plateau de la Crau, the stony terrace where there is nothing but galets roulés (rounded stones) as far as the eye can see. Vieux Télégraphe is made from predominantly three grape varieties, 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, with the other 5% made up of supporting varieties such as Cinsault and Clairette. In their recently entirely modernised and refurbished state-of-the-art gravity flow winery the grapes are partially destemmed and are fermented in both stainless steel and wood cuves. The blending is done at the end of June after which the wine is matured in large foudres. The red wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered and display tremendous concentration and intense flavours of dark cherry and garrigue.
The wine has lots of warm black fruit and plum aromas, with cinnamon, spices, pepper and a hint of vanilla. The palate is concentrated with damsons, red fruit, spice and stony minerality with a very elegant and warm finish. The mouth is initially very silky but gives way to some mouth watering acidity and firm tannins.
Robust, mature & biscuity style of Champagne from a small family-owned company whose insistence on the very highest level of quality has afforded them an international reputation.
1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier, 1/3 Chardonnay, with 25% aged in barrel.